"Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister, was kept fully informed about an investigation into a senior diplomat who was embroiled in a paedophile scandal, newly-released secret documents show."
"Mrs Thatcher received a stream of memos from officials about the "unnatural sexual proclivities" of Sir Peter Hayman. The prime minister was carefully coached on how to deflect difficult questions about the affair after it was finally exposed by Private Eye magazine in 1980. "
"The documents disclosed for the first time that Hayman had been engaged in "sexual perversion" since at least 1966, when he was a minister in the British military government in West Berlin. The 37-page dossier set out how the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decided not to prosecute the diplomat after he was caught with a collection of paedophile material in 1978...."
"The papers demonstrate Whitehall’s shock at its failure to detect Hayman’s activities earlier, and concerns that vetting procedures may need to be stepped up to prevent a repeat of the mistake."
"However, it remains unexplained why Hayman’s arrest for possessing paedophile material was hushed up between 1978 and the publication of the Private Eye story two years later."
"The file contains a memo in Mrs Thatcher’s handwriting to Sir Michael Havers, the then Attorney General."